Dental Tips Blog

Sep
19

Can I Get an Implant if I’m Missing More Than One Tooth?

Posted in Dental Implants

Most of the time, we think of a dental implant in terms of a single tooth replacement. But if you’re missing several teeth, it may not be practical to get a separate implant in each spot.

What can you do? Your dentist may have a few different options that are available?

Implant Bridges

Let’s say you’re missing a few teeth in a row. The gap is too long for a traditional dental bridge to span. But place a dental implant in there, and you’ll have an extra tooth to work with. A bridge is cheaper than placing multiple implants for each missing tooth. The support of two implants can support a bridge up to three or four teeth long.

Implant Dentures

Dental implants can even help when you have absolutely no teeth left to speak of!

As few as two implants placed near the front of the jaw could be sufficient to hold a denture securely in place. Other methods use implants of different sizes placed at different angles to lift the shape of the smile.

You’d be surprised at just how much work modern dental implants are capable of!

Implant Partial Dentures

Some dentists can apply the same techniques for implant dentures to partial dentures. Even if you still have many teeth left, a partial denture can fill in the gaps, and implants can hold it in place where your remaining teeth cannot.

It takes a lot of careful planning to make this method work. If you ask around, you may find a dentist with the experience necessary to give this a try.

Whichever method you end up going with, planning and patience will bring you miles closer to the smile of your dreams!

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Aug
30

Bridge or Implant – Which Really Costs More?

Posted in Dental Implants

There’s nothing quite like your natural teeth. But once you’ve lost a tooth, it’s time to move forward and decide on a replacement that’s the next best thing.

Two very common tooth replacement options include dental bridges and dental implants. Which one is right for your smile?

Cheaper In The Short Term

If you want a fix cheap and you want it now, then the obvious answer is a dental bridge.

Bridges are usually made in three appointments or fewer. Your bridge would involve fitting a couple of teeth to get dental crowns. These crowns are what support a false tooth suspended between them.

Getting a dental implant is an investment of time. The whole process can take 6-8 months, and even longer, in some cases. Although implant surgery is not major, it does take a while for things to heal so that you can start using your new tooth.

The Better Payoff

Just because a bridge gets results fast doesn’t make it ideal for everyone.

Dental bridges require two supporting teeth to be filed down to have crowns. Doing so means that those teeth will need special attention and maintenance over the years.

Crowns and bridges don’t last forever.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanent, which can save you a lot of money down the road. But it’s important to discuss this possibility with your dentist in detail to see if you qualify.

You may actually find that combining the two techniques will work out best for your smile. An implant can help support a bridge across a gap where two or three teeth are missing.

Call your dentist today to schedule a personalized smile consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Aug
30

Can I Still Get Braces If I Have a Missing Tooth?

Posted in Braces

Yes, and not only is it just possible, but right now might be the best time for you to get braces.

How so? 

Teeth On The Move

Your teeth don’t like to stay put for too long. If a tooth goes missing, it’s neighbor tends to move forward in an attempt to fill the space.

The same is true if there’s an empty space right above or below a tooth.

Interesting though this process is, it creates a slew of problems for your mouth. When teeth are tipped out of line or crowded, they become prime candidates for gum disease and tooth decay.

Braces can get your teeth straightened out so that you can more easily keep them clean and healthy.

Filling In The Gap

Now that your teeth are all in tidy order once again, how will you replace the missing tooth or teeth?

Most folks’ options for replacing missing teeth fall into three basic categories:

Whichever solution you pick, your teeth have to be straightened first for it to work. In fact, it would be pointless to try wearing braces while you have any of those tooth replacements in your mouth.

Never Too Late For Braces!

Given all the good that comes of straightening out tooth alignment, it’s clear that anyone stands to benefit from braces. No matter your age, if you want to properly fill in a gap in your smile, orthodontic treatment can help.

Talk with your dentist about your smile goals. He or she will explain exactly what steps are necessary to get you there and whether braces can play a role.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

Aug
29

Is It Safe to Get an MRI If You Have a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

MRI stands for “Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” This machine generates powerful magnetic energy and uses radio waves to measure how atoms in your body tissues respond to the energy. MRIs have been essential in helping doctors diagnose injuries and abnormalities in soft tissue.

MRIs are great, but it’s pretty obvious that you don’t want any metal on your body while being scanned by a giant magnet!

What to Tell Your Technicians

The technicians will ensure that you have no jewelry or metal in your clothing at the time of your scan. You may even be told to avoid metallic cosmetics or nail polish beforehand.

But some metal-containing items are not so easy to remove.

What if you have a dental implant? Can you still safely have an MRI?

The good news is, yes, you can still safely have an MRI scan.

How it Works

Dental implants are made with titanium, which is not a magnetic metal. This means that it won’t be affected by the pull of a giant magnet. You don’t need to worry about your implant coming loose or pulling you across the room by your teeth!

However, given the fact that the implant will show up as a different material from bone and soft tissue, it can make a head scan look a little funny. The important thing is to communicate with your doctor in advance so that he or she knows about the implant.

Ask your doctor what kind of diagnostic methods your current situation allows for. Don’t wait until the day of your prescribed scan to tell the team you have an implant. Let your doctor know well ahead of time so you can plan for an alternative method, if necessary.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Aug
7

Not Enough Bone for an Implant? Not Necessarily a Problem

Posted in Dental Implants

“Use it or lose it” holds true for a lot of things, including your jawbone.

The bone in your jaw is very sensitive to pressure from teeth. When tooth roots apply regular force against the bone, it triggers natural processes that reinforce the bone.

Take those teeth away, and your bone will only disintegrate in a process called resorption. Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile and act as substitute tooth roots. But the less bone there is, the harder it gets to anchor a dental implant.

In years past, an implant was simply not an option in the face of bone resorption.

It’s a different story today, however.

CT Scans And Virtual Planning

A two-dimensional panoramic x-ray may easily reveal that you don’t have a lot of bone to work with. But more detailed scans and advanced computer programs now give dentists and surgeons a better idea of what they can do for your smile.

By carefully assessing the available bone, your dentist may be able to calculate the best angle to place an implant for the most secure fit.

Bone Grafting

Classic bone grafting is almost always an option. You’d have many choices as to the material and source of the graft. The only downside is that grafting surgery adds more healing time to your treatment.

All-On-Four

All-on-Four and other similar systems use multiple miniature implants to support a denture in places where it wouldn’t fit otherwise.

There’s usually no reason for a lack of bone to prevent you from getting dental implants. Schedule time to talk with your dentist or even a periodontist (gum specialist) about your implant possibilities.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Aug
3

Yes, Losing Your Tooth IS a Big Deal!

Posted in Dental Implants

Contrary to what many people believe, there’s nothing natural about losing teeth. Even so, what’s so bad about missing just one or two teeth?

Missing Teeth and Alignment

The biggest issue comes down to is your smile’s alignment. Your teeth are always looking to be on the move. If there’s an empty space directly above or below them, they will try to grow to fill it. If there’s an empty space in front of them, they will drift forward to fill it.

Unfortunately, it throws off your entire bite when teeth tip out of line. It may become harder to chew. Those crooked teeth will be harder to keep clean and restore. They can also become vulnerable to diseases that make them fall out.

A bad bite could also potentially lead to TMJ complications and chronic headaches.

A Broken Smile?

Missing teeth can significantly affect the shape of your smile. This isn’t just because there is a gap or two. The bone in your jaw is reinforced by the presence of tooth roots. Without teeth, that bone will start to shrink and create craters in the gums.

Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

In summary, missing teeth can result in:

  • Disease to other teeth
  • Alignment and bite problems
  • Collapsed smile
  • Difficulty fitting other restorations

Basically, the more teeth you are missing, the sooner the ones you have left will follow suit!  There are many options to replace missing teeth including dental implants, dentures, and a bridge or partial bridge.

Check with your dentist to find out whether your missing teeth have the potential to cause trouble. If so, talk to your dentist about which restoration options that are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Center For Restorative, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
711 Greenbriar Pkwy, Suite 101
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 547-2770

Jul
18

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

Posted in Dental Implants

It’s very unusual for dental implants to fail. If you’re thinking about getting an implant, there’s no need to be paranoid. On average, 95-98% of implant procedures are successful enough to last for the life of the patient.

Here are the four biggest causes of dental implant failure:

  1. Bacterial Infection (Peri-Implantitis)

The bone around the dental implant site should be sterile. If bacteria gets in, the tissues all around the implant will get inflamed. This can cause your implant to fall out.

Keeping your mouth clean is very important to maintaining the success of your implant. Yes, dental implants need to be brushed and flossed too!

  1. Insufficient Bone Structure

If the bone beneath the gums is not sufficient for holding an implant, your new tooth won’t stay in place for long. Inadequate bone on the top half of your mouth puts the implant at risk for puncturing your sinuses.

Fortunately, you’re not likely to encounter this problem because of today’s advanced implant placement technology (like grafts or computerized placement.)

  1. The Implant Site Didn’t Heal Well After Surgery

One of the biggest causes of poor healing is disturbing the implant. Chewing on the new implant or bumping it in an accident will often prevent it from fusing with the bone. Be sure to follow your post operative instructions very carefully.

  1. Allergic Reaction or Foreign Body Rejection

Because there are usually very small traces of nickel in titanium implants, some people may not react well to them.

Just as bodies can inexplicably reject an organ transplant, there is also a slim chance your body can reject an implant.

Thanks to ever-advancing techniques, the odds of implant failure are very low. Your dentist will explain to you what diagnostic imaging and virtual planning can help you make your implant treatment successful.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Jul
18

Braces or Implants – Which Come First?

Posted in Dental Implants

Between whitening and crowns, braces and implants, creating the smile of your dreams might seem more complicated than you imagined.

It’s not impossible, however! When it comes to closing up gaps in your smile, braces and implant therapy are important. But which should come first?

What Implants Are For

Dental implants act similarly to a natural tooth root. This metal screw fuses tightly with the bone and provides a strong anchor for a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants can take several months to heal.

How Braces Work

Braces are metal brackets and a wire which runs all around the arch of your mouth. As the wire is gradually tightened, your teeth will slowly move through the bone into proper position.

This is a very natural process and your bone heals up just fine after natural teeth move. But as dental implants are fixed, moving them could cause permanent damage to the bone.

Do You Need Braces Or Implants First?

You have to factor in the unique needs of your smile. At this point, it’s usually not a good idea to put brackets on an implant restoration.

But there are a couple exceptions!

Example #1: To encourage proper tooth movement in a complicated case, some orthodontists will use implants as an anchor to guide the rest of the teeth.

Example #2: Orthodontic treatment may only be necessary on front teeth. In this case, an implant in the back of your mouth shouldn’t be bothered by the action going on out front.

Whatever your situation, you’ll need the opinions of your dentist and even an orthodontist, moving forward. Call your local dental office today for a personalized smile evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Basin Dentistry
5016 Briarwood Ave
Midland, TX 79707
(462) 699-7334

Jul
17

Dental Implant Restorations – What Are Your Options?

Posted in Dental Implants

Did you know that an implant can be more than just a single tooth replacement?

An implant is simply the metal rod that acts like a tooth root. What you put on that metal root mainly comes down to what your smile needs.

Here are three ways dental implant technology can restore all kinds of smiles.

Crowns (Single Tooth Restorations)

A classic dental crown made from ceramic is generally the best option for replacing a lone missing tooth. Once it’s in place, an implant crown is easy to care for.

In most cases, some months of healing after your implant surgery are required before the permanent version of your crown can be fitted in place.

Implant Bridges

If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, then an implant bridge is probably your best option.

A bridge is made of one or more implants that have artificial teeth suspended between them. You don’t have to get a separate implant and crown restoration for each missing tooth. Instead, it may be possible for you to restore all those teeth at once with a dental bridge.

Implant-Retained Denture

Even if you’re missing all of your teeth, implants can still help! Anywhere from two to six implants could be all you need to stabilize a denture. Most patients find this to be a much more secure alternative to the fit of classic dentures.

Which Implant Restoration Do You Need?

With all of these options now available, your dream smile could be closer than you realize.

Which dental implant restoration you should have is mostly determined by how many teeth you are missing. Your dentist will also help you pick the right tooth replacement option by considering your:

  • Oral hygiene habits
  • Overall health
  • Lifestyle

Call today to schedule a consultation!

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7117

Jul
12

Subperiosteal vs. Endosteal Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

The goal of dental implants is to replace missing teeth with a secure and discreet solution. No one ever has to know that the teeth you have aren’t natural.

However, not all implants are the same.

Endosteal and Subperiosteal Implants

“Endosteal” means “within bone” and it covers classic dental implants. They are inserted directly into the bone for support. The implant is a small screw that acts just like a tooth root.

Breaking down “subperiosteal” we understand it to mean “below the gums, near the bone.” So subperiosteal implants don’t actually go through the bone. Instead, they rest on the jawbone just under the gum tissue.

These implants are attached to a metal framework that sits on the jawbone like a saddle on a horse’s back. Only the implant attachments show up above the gums and these anchor the false teeth to the mouth.

There is even a third kind of implant called “transosteal” which goes through the bone completely. The implants come out through the gums, but they are anchored by a plate attached to the chin, which is also hidden under skin and gums.

Why The Difference?

Implant support systems come in different designs to make the most of the bone you have available in your jaw. It all comes down to what kind of support your smile needs.

Going a long time without teeth can cause bone to shrink and limit the amount of anchoring material you have to work with.

Do you feel that a special implant system could change the way you smile for the better? An implant specialist or your general dentist could make some recommendations. Call to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

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